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In this two-hour interactive Zoom session, ESOL instructors explore ways to transfer and transform effective, evidence-based, and engaging in-person instructional routines (i.e. regularly employed high leverage practices) to the virtual learning environment.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL instructors of all language proficiency levels
  • ESOL instructors with a Zoom account and basic understanding of the Zoom platform. (See prerequisites below)

In this highly interactive workshop on Zoom, you will explore several effective instructional routines that readily transfer from the in-person to the virtual classroom on computers and Smartphones. During the session, you will identify how instructional routines support your ESOL learners’ language development and how the remote environment can transform those routines into opportunities for even greater skill development including digital literacy. The routine use of evidence-based activities and tasks ensures that learners develop language strategies and critical thinking, collaboration and other essential skills. You and your colleagues will explore these routines and Zoom tools:

  • Gathering and reporting data (using views and polls)
  • Brainstorming, categorizing and ranking information (using the chat and whiteboard)
  • Small group discussions (using breakout rooms)

You will have the opportunity to use a planning template and collaborate with colleagues teaching the same ESOL level to adapt one of the routines for your learners.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify ways to use Zoom views, polls, chat, and whiteboard to engage students and enhance English language learning and digital literacy
  • Adapt one or more instructional routines for your students using basic Zoom features
  • Apply strategies in Zoom breakout rooms to increase learners’ language development and provide opportunities for collaboration
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  • A Zoom account  
  • Familiarity with basic Zoom features on both computers and Smartphones
08/17/2022 - 11:00 am to 08/17/2022 - 1:00 pm
PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners